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Challenges of the German Mittelstand during the corona pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic and the measures associated with it pose particular challenges for German SMEs. The IfM Bonn has examined these challenges within the framework of a special edition of the survey “Zukunftspanel Mittelstand“.

The “Zukunftspanel Mittelstand“ takes place for the third time after 2014 and 2017. The panel aims to identify practical and economic policy issues and future trends for SME policy and research. To this end, experts from the fields of economic policy, science and business were surveyed online between March and June 2020.

A total of 135 experts (32.6 % economic policy, 37.8 % science, 29.6 % representatives of business associations) pointed out 37 topics as challenges during the coronavirus pandemic and assessed their significance and relevance for SMEs.